Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2770 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Big Dave
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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.
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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
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Some hints follow:
1a Unreported swim, oddly, that’s used to evaluate speed of performer in pool? (5,3,6)
This anagram (oddly) of UNREPORTED SWIM is used to evaluate the speed of a performer in the typing pool, not the swimming pool!
9a Turn back European, very amorous type (7)
E(uropean, V(ery) and an amorous type, all reversed (back)
12a Think about and study model (11)
A three-letter verb meaning to study followed by a model or pattern
15a Totally destroy author of fiction, initially (5,3)
A verb meaning to author followed by OF and the initial letter of F(iction)
17a Crewman grumpy about daughter that’s in silly fashion (8)
Our usual crewman or sailor followed by an adjective meaning grumpy around D(aughter)
23a Fruit not given by uncaring person (3)
The fruit that couldn’t be given by an uncaring person in a well-known phrase
26a Unrealistic notion from that fellow in cold period (7)
Put the pronoun meaning “that fellow) between C(old) and a long period of time
27a Line of pupils rushes in simulated distress (9,5)
A line of pupils being led by a teacher followed by a verb meaning rushes
1d Groups that investigate dreadfully irate rows about family doctor (7,7)
An anagram (dreadfully) of IRATE ROWS around a three-letter word meaning family and a (family) doctor
4d It might direct Romeo and Juliet, for example, to go off together? (6)
A direction requesting that all actors leave the stage
5d Unusually blue pair of rooks nested in my bush (8)
An anagram (unusually) of BLUE and the chess notation for a R(ook) repeated (pair of) inside MY
7d Destructive formation ran amok amidst commotion (7)
An anagram (amok) of RAN inside a commotion (2-2)
8d Revolutionary red flag was sort that’s clearly made in Irish city (9,5)
An anagram (revolutionary) of RED FLAG WAS SORT
16d Land in part of garden that’s ruined (8)
A verb meaning to land or get off a vehicle inside a part of a garden
20d Turned over big cheese in fabric (7)
The reversal (turned over in a down clue) of an adjective meaning big or stout followed by a type of cheese
25d Don’t go straight, taking part in larceny (3)
Hidden inside (taking part in) the clue
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